KUALA LUMPUR: Seven agreements on economic integration initiatives will be signed at the upcoming 46th Asean Economic Ministers’ (AEM) meeting, said the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Among the agreements, Mustafa added, was the Asean Medical Device Directive, aimed at facilitating the integration of the medical devices sector in Asean through the elimination of technical barriers to trade.
“There will also be an agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Accountancy Services, which is a new Asean service on accountancy to replace the earlier framework agreement,” he told a media conference during the Asean Economic Community Townhall Session, here on Wednesday.
Mustapa said the mutual accountancy services are aimed at facilitating the movement of accounting professionals jointly accredited by Asean member states, thus creating a stronger accounting profession in the region.
The minister will be representing Malaysia at the six-day event beginning August 23 at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
He said besides the AEM meeting, there will also be a consultation among the Asean economic ministers with their dialogue partners and private sector organizations.
The session will include partners from Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, the United States as well as Asean-Business Advisory Council, US-Asean Business Council and Asean-EU Business Council.